31 October 2013

{25 Things} D.J. MacHale

By: Me My Shelf And I | 31 October 2013 at 9:23 AM | | Be the first to comment!

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Submitted for the approval, of The Midnight Society I call this 25 Things...

Oh sorry…I got a little confused since Author D.J MacHale (The SYLO Chronicles, Pendragon Series) is on todays 25 Things You Might Not Know About Me, and he happens to have written my favorite TV series of all time – Are You Afraid Of The Dark!

D.J.s list is great, I know you’re all going to enjoy reading it. I for one want to know how he worked for a TV show, with scary clowns in it…when he had #21 going on…

HAPPY HALLOWEEN from Me, My Shelf and I, and the Master of the Creepy D.J. MacHale!

PS for those of you who get the fire gifs, you are my hero's and we need to have an Are You Afraid of The Dark marathon! STAT!

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I declare this meeting of The Midnight Society Closed

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{Blog Tour} The Only One

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We are very excited to be participating in THE ONLY ONE tour hosted by Ink Slinger! Check out the dream cast, and don’t miss the fantastic giveaway at the bottom of the post!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Honor student, manager at the campus coffee shop, owner of an impressive sweater collection – Melanie Wilder has it all together. Then John “John Boy” Walden strolls into her life wearing nothing more than an impish grin and all-too-revealing loin cloth.

Soon, make-out sessions replace homework, lust triumphs over work. And to further crumble her perfect world, an unexpected phone call threatens to take away everything she’s worked for.

Now, as Melanie struggles to pick up the pieces, she realizes that John may be the only one to put her life back together…unless he shatters it first.

Their differences threaten to tear them apart, unless they can make one another their only exception.

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DREAM CAST

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Melanie Wilder- Emmy Rossum- Melanie is described as petite with curly brown hair and green eyes. Emmy perfectly fits this bill and for some reason she always looked like someone I thought would be cool to hang out with. Even in The Only Exception I wanted to hang out with Melanie, thus she got her own story.

John “John Boy” Walden- Colin Wayne- John Boy is described as a moose of a guy, tall with at body that looks like he was photoshopped out of 300 and brown, spiky hair. I’ll admit that I had to look at A LOT of Colin Wayne photos to get the description just right. Okay...maybe I just stared at a lot of Colin Wayne photos.

Valerie Wilder- Hailey Hasslehoff- Valerie was one of my new favorite characters. You don’t get too many curvy girls in fiction and Valerie is not only curvy, but blonde, and hot, and awesome. She also may or may not get her own story in a serialized version...

Trey Chapman- Scott Eastwood- In The Only Exception I always pictured Trey as Colton Haynes and then I discovered Scott Eastwood. They have the same sandy brown hair, lean body, and mesmerizing eyes. Both these boys could keep me entranced for hours.

Monica Remy- Emma Stone- For those that didn’t fall in love with Monica in The Only Exception, it’s safe to say they fell in love with her spunky personality in The Only One. The fiery red hair, crazy personality and all of it could be summed up with Emma Stone.

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Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. When not writing she spends her time fighting over fake boyfriends via social media. You can find her online at www.maganvernon.com.

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28 October 2013

{Interview + Giveaway} The Prodigal author, Mike Hurley

By: Me My Shelf And I | 28 October 2013 at 11:32 AM | | | | | | Be the first to comment!

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Welcome to stop number 2 on THE PRODIGAL tour. Today I am lucky enough to have Mike Hurley on, answering some questions for us.

Don’t forget to check out the giveaway for the Getaway Vacation or Gift Card at the bottom!

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Pride, betrayal, forgiveness . . . and the eternal sea. The Prodigal tells the mystical tale of four people on Ocracoke Island whose destiny is tied to an abandoned schooner, thought to have been lost at sea more than a century ago, that one day drifts ashore. Marcus O’Reilly, a renegade Catholic priest, must confront his inner demons. Ibrahim Joseph, a Bahamian fugitive, must face his past. Aidan Sharpe, a fallen lawyer, struggles with self-doubt and his growing affection for Molly McGregor, a fearless towboat captain who cannot find the courage to love. They will all be drawn into a 2,000-year-old mystery that unfolds with the reappearance of the ship.

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INTERVIEW

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland—in my grandmother’s house on St. Paul Street around Johns Hopkins until I was about eight, then just outside the city in an apartment complex in Roland Park until I left for college. Two weeks after graduating from the University of Maryland, I got married and moved to Missouri to attend law school at St. Louis University. Three years later I took a job with a law firm in Houston, Texas, where I started in trial practice and worked for the next eight years. In 1992, shortly after the birth of my second child, I moved the family to North Carolina and have been here ever since. I now live in Raleigh.

When and why did you begin writing?

In 1973, when I was about 15, I found a 1963 edition of Writer’s Market in a closet in our apartment. We also had a 1940s-era Royal Magic Margin typewriter with glass keys that Mom bought to learn to become a secretary. The book and the typewriter gave me a window into another world. Two years later I sold my first magazine article for $45. I have been writing in some form for publication ever since.

Which writer would you consider a mentor?

I was not so lucky to have a published author as a personal mentor, but a whole series of amazing teachers inspired me in high school. I have most admired the writing of Dickens and Twain and Melville, as well as classical essayists like Thoreau, Benjamin Franklin, and William Penn. Like millions of others I loved reading J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Currently I am reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, which is a bit out of my usual taste, but I am very much in awe of her talent for developing characters’ personalities through first-person narrative. I particularly like the way she weaves the character’s inner narrative with spoken dialogue in such a convincing, natural way. A reviewer once compared my writing style to that of Annie Dillard, whom I did not know at the time, and so I read her novel The Maytrees. I found her to be immensely talented (of course!), although I found the story a little depressing for my taste. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese was a gripping and compulsive read for me.

{Book Blast} Pendomus by Carissa Andrews

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Welcome to the Official Book Blast for PENDOMUS The Pendomus Chronicles Book 1 by debut author Carissa Andrews.

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Humanity has colonized on the tidally locked planet Pendomus

Residing between extreme heat and frigid cold is the complex known as the Helix. Within lies a highly sophisticated society functioning solely on humans fulfilling their life’s purpose as determined by their natural aptitudes and daily brain scans.

Seventeen-year-old Runa Cophem has found her calling studying the ancient trees nearby and anxiously awaits a professional placement which will allow her to continue her work.

Runa’s life takes an unforeseen turn when she’s brutally attacked and left for dead in those woods. Rescued by a stranger with blue hair, she’s immersed into a surprising way humanity has survived without the Helix. Fueled by a yearning to understand and an attraction she didn’t even know was possible, Runa tries to make a new life for herself. Yet, there’s much she doesn’t know about herself, about the planet, and the forces controlling her from afar.

What she needs are some answers.

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Born and raised in central MN, Carissa Andrews has always loved books. She started her career at 15 in a bookstore, just to be able to afford her book fetish. By 19, she worked for a magazine publisher. At 22, she was working for printers to learn their trade. At 27, she went back to school for graphic design, and became an award winning designer. Little did she know all of her experiences would lead her to becoming a self-publishing power house.
  
 
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27 October 2013

{Spotlight} The Prodigal by Michael Hurley

By: Me My Shelf And I | 27 October 2013 at 10:02 AM | | | | Be the first to comment!

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Pride, betrayal, forgiveness . . . and the eternal sea. The Prodigal tells the mystical tale of four people on Ocracoke Island whose destiny is tied to an abandoned schooner, thought to have been lost at sea more than a century ago, that one day drifts ashore. Marcus O’Reilly, a renegade Catholic priest, must confront his inner demons. Ibrahim Joseph, a Bahamian fugitive, must face his past. Aidan Sharpe, a fallen lawyer, struggles with self-doubt and his growing affection for Molly McGregor, a fearless towboat captain who cannot find the courage to love. They will all be drawn into a 2,000-year-old mystery that unfolds with the reappearance of the ship.
The Prodigal is available at these retailers.
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*A 2 night stay at  Bluff Shoals Motel, Ocracoke, North Carolina + $25.00 towards your dinner OR a $100 Amazon Gift Card
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About the Author

Michael Hurley and his wife Susan live in Raleigh, North Carolina. Born in Baltimore in 1958, he studied English at the University of Maryland and law at St. Louis University. Michael’s first book, Letters from the Woods, was a collection of essays, self-published in 2005, based on wilderness canoeing expeditions with his children. It was selected as a finalist in the Nature category for ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year award. In 2013 Hachette Book Group published his memoir, Once Upon A Gypsy Moon, under their Center Street imprint. The Prodigal is his first novel.
  
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25 October 2013

{Blog Tour} Vampire Baby

By: Me My Shelf And I | 25 October 2013 at 9:28 AM | | | | | | | Be the first to comment!

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Author: Kelly Bennett
Pages: 32
Reading Level: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Candlewick Press

When Tootie gets her first teeth, it’s clear to her big brother that she’s no ordinary baby. But how to convince Mom and Dad?
It happens overnight: little sister Tootie goes from cuddly, ga-ga-googoo, I-want-my-ba-ba baby...vampire baby. Now she’s sinking her pointy fangs into everything — furniture, toys, and especially her big brother ("Youch, Tootie! No bite!" ). Mom insists that it’s just a phase, but Tootie’s brother knows better. Just look at her hairline! Or the fact that all her favorite foods are bloodred! With perfect comic timing, Kelly Bennett and Paul Meisel give a fresh slant to the new-baby story, proving that even monstrous little arrivals have a funny way of staking their siblings’ affections.

5 Nights in a row people. 5 Nights….that's’ the number of nights in a row my 4 year old asked to read this book. On night 6 the only reason we didn’t read it is because mom and dad need a little variety in the reading material. Rest assured we were right back at it on day 7 because the screams and please of a toddler are really hard to ignore. And I don’t want to deny her literature that she loves enough to beg for…I mean I’m not a monster of a mother.. *wink*

This book was adorable, from the story itself to the adorable illustrations. My 4 year old giggled and eagerly wanted to turn each page, almost too fast, I had to reminder her that there were still words to be read!

I am so excited to have this book as a permanent edition to our home library, and have been suggesting it to anyone with kids who is looking for new books. I’m even guilty about talking about it loudly at the bookstore with my toddler about how much we love it, just to get people to pick it up. This would make a great gift for any kid, or mom-to-be! A hilarious and sweet way to look at (and deal with )teething!

Please meet my child, who already had all her teeth but wanted to be the vampire baby….she wears these all day people, I had to be her to take them out for lunch….

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Kelly Bennett writes books for children, both fiction and non-fiction, mostly picture books. She creates stories that celebrate imagination, families, friends, pets… all that goes into being a kid. Stories such as Not Norman: A Goldfish Story, inspired by her own funny goldfish; stories about families, including Dad and Pop, Your Daddy Was Just Like You, and Your Mommy Was Just Like You (called “perfect for inter­generational lap sharing” by School Library Journal); stories about kids being kids—whooping, twirling, cutting up, adventuring, playing around—such as Dance, Y’all, Dance; and brand new and shining, hot-off-the-press picture book One Day I Went Rambling

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24 October 2013

{25 Things} Maurene Goo

By: Me My Shelf And I | 24 October 2013 at 2:50 PM | | Be the first to comment!

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Today on 25 Things You Might Not Know About Me is Maurene Goo and her novel SINCE YOU ASKED.

Look over her list, what do you think about it? Have any questions? You like maybe why she understands lying? Or perhaps about how scary her road rage really is…leave them in the comments and we’ll see if we can get her to answer them for you!

You can find Alison here:

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A humorous, debut novel about a Korean-American teenager who accidentally lands her own column in her high school newspaper, and proceeds to rant her way through the school year while struggling to reconcile the traditional Korean values of her parents with contemporary American culture.

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